The all-new Toyota Prius (North American model)

WCOTY names five finalists for 2016 World Green Car including two Toyotas

On January 26, the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) announced its five finalists for the 2016 World Green Car.

The World Green Car is one of the award categories for the WCOTY. The vehicle that offers the best environmental performance from a list of new models that debuted between fall 2014 and fall 2015 will be selected.

To qualify, the vehicle must still be in production and sold at the end of May 2016 and be available in at least two continents around the world. In other words, models that are exclusively available in Europe, North America, or Japan are exempt from qualification. The winner will be voted on by a group of 74 journalists from 23 different countries as well as five experts on environmental technology.

The five finalists for the 2016 World Green Car are as follows.

BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Chevrolet Volt
Toyota Prius
Toyota Mirai
Volkswagen Passat GTE

Two Toyota models, the all-new Prius and Mirai, made the final list as they both feature superb environmental performance with one being a hybrid and the other being a fuel-cell vehicle.

The other three models, the BMW i330e Plug-in Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, and the Volkswagen Passat GTE are all plug-in hybrids as well.

The 2016 World Green Car will be announced on March 23 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The previous winner was the i8, a PHV sports car from BMW’s new “i” series.